Symptoms of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Do I have Wet AMD?

An early symptom of wet AMD is that straight lines appear wavy. An Amsler Grid chart can help spot this early distortion of vision. You may also notice a small blind spot, resulting in a loss of central vision.

Do I have Dry AMD?

The most common symptom of dry AMD is slightly blurred vision. You may have difficulty recognizing faces or reading words. You may need more light for reading and other tasks. Dry AMD generally affects both eyes, but it is possible to lose vision in one eye while the other eye remains unaffected.

One of the most common early signs of dry AMD detected by ophthalmologists are drusen. Drusen are yellow deposits under the retina often found in people over age 60. Your eye care professional can detect drusen during a comprehensive dilated eye exam. Drusen alone do not usually cause vision loss. In fact, scientists are unclear about the connection between drusen and AMD. They do know that an increase in the size or number of drusen raises a person's risk of developing either advanced dry AMD or wet AMD.

Neither wet nor dry AMD causes pain.

If you notice these symptoms or other changes to your vision, contact Retina Vitreous Associates to schedule an appointment with a retinal ophthalmologist. You need a comprehensive dilated eye exam.

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